DALLAS (AP) - Dirk Nowitzki has an idea of what it's like to be an NBA champion. He learned one of the lessons over the years he spent being teammates with Devean George.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Carson Palmer didn't stand much of a chance the last time he faced the Kansas City Chiefs.
A look at the 30 NBA teams, in predicted order of finish:
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Playing for the first time this season on a national stage, the lights were simply too bright and the task too daunting for an inexperienced Southern California squad.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Reggie Wayne will always remember Thursday night's catch.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Carlos Beltran and the World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals agreed to a two-year contract pending results of a physical, a move that would fortify the team's lineup following the departure of Albert Pujols.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Doug Martin rushed for 151 yards and returned the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown, giving No. 8 Boise State a lead 14 seconds into the Maaco Bowl Las Vegas on the way to a 56-24 win Thursday night.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A veteran sportswriter and columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News was accused in a newspaper report Tuesday of molesting three girls and a boy in the 1970s, including his niece, who is now a prosecutor.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Barry Bonds is officially appealing his felony obstruction conviction.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Southern California quarterback Matt Barkley believed he was prepared to play in the NFL and the draft prognosticators agreed with him.
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - "Show me the money" indeed: A bench warrant has been authorized for the sports agent who was the inspiration for the movie "Jerry Maguire" after he failed to appear in court in a case involving a $1.4 million debt.
HONOLULU (AP) - Freshman Angel Rodriguez came off the bench and scored a season-high 17 points, including five 3-pointers, as Kansas State cruised to an 83-58 win over Southern Illinois in the opening round of the Diamond Head Classic on Thursday.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - One of the very last entries under Ryan Succop's biography in the Kansas City Chiefs' media guide, under the section marked "Personal," is the pronunciation of his last name.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Kansas coach Charlie Weis landed a pair of high-profile quarterbacks Thursday.
LAWRENCE - Andrew Wiggins remembers sitting in the bleachers of Allen Fieldhouse long after the final whistle, watching as the crowd showered the departing Kansas players with love.
SURPRISE, Ariz. - Jose Abreu hit his first home run as a Chicago White Sox split-squad and the Kansas City Royals tied 6-6 on Thursday.
WAKE FOREST 82, No. 4 DUKE 72
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Kansas City ace James Shields allowed one hit in three scoreless innings and Mike Moustakas hit a three-run homer in the Royals' 6-5 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday.
OMAHA, Neb. - It's been a season of no regrets for Creighton's Doug McDermott.
LAWRENCE - Tarik Black pulled a Big 12 championship T-shirt over his broad shoulders, slipped a title hat on his head, and then gave Andrew Wiggins and the rest of his teammates a hug.
March Madness is ramping up with the conference tournaments starting this week and the NCAA tournament just around the corner.
LAWRENCE - When eighth-ranked Kansas steps onto the floor at Allen Fieldhouse on Wednesday night, it will be the final home game for seniors Tarik Black, Niko Roberts and Justin Wesley.
LAWRENCE - There will not be an anointed quarterback under center at Kansas this spring.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Wichita State was just about as dominant in the Missouri Valley's postseason awards Thursday as the unbeaten Shockers were in running roughshod through the league schedule.
SURPRISE, Ariz. - Eric Hosmer and Salvador Perez each homered off Johnny Cueto and drove in three runs, helping the Kansas City Royals beat the Cincinnati Reds 9-5 Tuesday.
MIAMI - Best player. Best game of his career.
STILLWATER, Okla. - Phil Forte matched a season high with 23 points to help Oklahoma State defeat Kansas State 77-61 on Monday night.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - North Carolina just keeps winning, even if the past two performances haven't been what coach Roy Williams wanted to see.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Challenged for the first time under Major League Baseball's expanded replay system, umpires got it right.